Experimenting and testing have played an important role in medicine for centuries. In modern dermatology, we use clinical research to find out whether particular treatments are safe and how well they work to treat conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, and other skin issues.
Clinical research wouldn’t be possible without patient volunteers who offer themselves to a study to help discover promising new treatments. At California Dermatology & Clinical Research Institute, we provide cutting edge therapies in dermatology at no cost, and our studies do not require health insurance. If you’re thinking about signing up for a dermatology research study at CDCRI, here are a few of the benefits you can look forward to as a participant:
Access to new dermatology treatments that aren’t yet available
As a participant in a dermatology clinical research study, you have the unique opportunity to be the first to benefit from cutting edge therapies before they’re available to the general public. These treatments are often more effective than what’s currently used as the standard.
The chance to play an active role in your health
Participating in dermatology clinical research allows you to educate yourself on your skin disease or skin condition and play an active role in your own healthcare. You’ll receive information about existing treatments and be on the forefront of new research.
Receive dermatology care without health insurance
Health insurance premiums are soaring, and more than 11 percent of American adults are uncovered. Clinical trials offer eligible participants the opportunity to receive free health care for their condition without health insurance. Even if you DO have health insurance, you may know what a hassle it can be to see a specialist or get approval for a certain treatment. None of that applies when you are in a clinical trial, it is all managed for you.
Support from a dedicated team of doctors at a clinical research institute
In a dermatology clinical trial, you’ll receive close monitoring, care, and advice from a team of healthcare professionals who are experts in your condition. Your progress and treatment are tracked more closely than in typical treatment settings. You will also spend more time with the doctor.
Chance to help others with your condition at a research center
You’ll feel empowered knowing your participation in clinical research will help advance treatment for other people with the same condition. Even if you don’t directly benefit from the results, you still play a vital role in the process of improving dermatological care.
When you participate in clinical research, you have the unique opportunity to play an important role in history. Many clinical trials have led to effective and life-changing medical discoveries including vaccines and cancer treatments. Clinical research also gives doctors the information they need to confidently recommend alternative treatments for rare diseases. Dermatology clinical trials, in particular, have greatly improved the quality of life for people with chronic conditions – the FDA has approved eight new therapies since 2011 for people with metastatic melanoma.
Your participation can make a difference in advancements in dermatology
One in four people are affected by a skin disease, making dermatology issues among the most common health problems in the United States. At California Dermatology & Clinical Research Institute, our goal is to help find groundbreaking new treatments for psoriasis, acne, warts, excessive sweating, and many other skin conditions – but we can’t do it without you.
To see if you qualify for one of our current research studies, give us a call at (760) 203-3839. Dr. Stacy Smith has more than 20 years of experience practicing dermatology in the San Diego area. Along with our coordinators and research assistants, he’ll do everything he can to make you feel comfortable, cared for, and at ease throughout the entire process.
Contact us today to learn about current opportunities to participate.